Robin Bryson and Vickie Echols Classes
to Sep 23

Robin Bryson and Vickie Echols Classes

Gourd Classes for all levels taught by instructors Robin Bryson and Vickie Echols

September 20 to 24, 2018—9am to 4pm

Location: Liz Meyer’s shop at 72 N. Boundary, Nampa, Idaho

Contact Corlis Kent: Text: 208-283-0659 or Email:

Deadline for Sign-Up and Payment:  July 14, 2018

Make check payable to the instructor.

Day 1: Thursday, September 20, 2018

Blended Alcohol Ink Iris, Robin Bryson  Cost: $65  Class Limit: 15

Description: Create a delicate Iris with the use of controlling the alcohol inks and enhanced with Pointillism (pen & ink dots). You will learn to mask off a section and apply the alcohol ink, then reverse the process and smoothly blending the colors, avoiding running over the design.

Provided: Pattern, tutorial, masking fluid, brushes, 91% rubbing Alcohol, and palette, Alcohol Ink colors: watermelon, white, yellow, sapphire blue, stream and purple twilight, Faber-Castell Pitt Pen

You Bring: A cut and clean ready gourd, the pattern size is 9” height and 8” wide the gourd should be at least 11” tall. (You may bring your alcohol ink dyes if you have them.)

Day 2: Friday, September 21, 2018

Infinity Twisted Rim Basket, Vickie Echols  Cost: $65 Class Limit: 15

Description: You will learn how to coil pine needles around the rim of a gourd and how to incorporate porcelain beads into your work. You will finish off the basket with a double twisted rim that blends seamlessly for the infinity look.

Provided: Glycerinated pine needles, porcelain beads, waxed linen, sewing needle and detailed tutorial (emailed after the class).

You Bring: Small needle nose pliers, fine tipped wire cutters for jewelry and sharp scissors. Bring a 6-7” gourd (cut & cleaned inside) do not drill holes. We will do that in class.

Day 3: Saturday, September 22, 2018

Rainbow Trout Enhanced with Pointillism, Robin Bryson Cost: $65 Class Limit: 15

Description: Students will be introduced to a step by step technique of blending ink dyes and Pointillism (pen & ink dots) enhancement.

Provided: Pattern ready to transfer, tutorial, ink dyes (white, pacific blue, sage, yellow, deep red, tan, brown), blending solution, micro brushes, Faber-Castell Pitt pen, semi-gloss finish and heat gun.

You Bring: A clean and cut ready gourd any shape. Pattern size is 71/2 “height by 61/2” wide. Gourd should be at least 9” height in case you would like to weave pine needles around the top and attach fishing fly hooks.

Day 4: Sunday, September 23, 2018

Faux Dichro Glass Wire Wrap, Vickie Echols Cost: $50 Class Size: 15

Description: You will learn how to use a melting pot and UTEE to create unique pieces of decorative glass. There will be lots of sparkling things to incorporate into your glass pieces. Wire wrapping will be added to finish off your creations.

Provided: Tumbled glass, UTEE, glitter, assorted colors of embossing enamels, gold leaf, renaissance foil, micro beads, iridescent papers and an assortment of wires.

You Bring: Small needle nose pliers, round nose plyers, fine tipped wire cutters for jewelry, long tweezers and sharp scissors.

Vickie Echols fell in love with gourds when she went to her first gourd festival in 2000. She was so inspired by what she saw that it has become her passion and full-time business. She is an award winning artist and instructor who enjoys her travels, to gourd festivals and basket guilds as well as private classes, around the U.S. Vickie describes her work as "Enhancing Nature". Vickie started teaching pine needle coiling on gourds and has been enjoying it for 18 years. Vickie took up pottery during high school and feels this has inspired her pine needle basketry. She uses stones, pine cones, beads, shells, driftwood and botanicals to incorporate into her distinctive baskets.

Talented Robin Bryson loved to draw when young and continued through college.  She was introduced to gourds in 1998 and fell in love with the non-conventional canvas.  Robin is self-taught in wood burning, carving, ink dye, alcohol ink, pen & ink and more recently Apoxie Sculpt.  She has been teaching since 2015.  She embraces each gourd as a challenge, with size, shape, and markings enhancing the design.

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Monthly Woodcraft Meeting
10:00 AM10:00

Monthly Woodcraft Meeting

Social Time from 10 to 10:30 followed by Wheel of Goodies, announcements and show & tell.  There will be a class/demonstration (cost is $2) after the meeting by Vice President, Kay Grooms.   “Gourdoodling”.  Fun and relaxing to do.

Bring a smallish cleaned gourd and a fine tipped permanent pen or market.

Kay will show how to use oil pastels to color your design.  She'll have pastels to use.

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IDGS Annual Picnic
11:00 AM11:00

IDGS Annual Picnic

Picnic June 9th, 11:00 AM

Lakeview Maple Grove Shelter, East Side of 16th, Near the BMX track and Railroad tracks

You bring a dish to share and your beverage.

IDGS brings fresh cooked chicken.

(no alcohol allowed in park)

Gourd theme contest--“Great Galloping Gourds”

Official Contest Rules for the 2018 Gourd Crafting Contest.

 You must be a current member of the Idaho Gourd Society to enter. Use any gourd of your choice. Size and shape does not matter. The theme for this year’s contest is " Great Galloping Gourds."  

Only one gourd per member can be entered in this contest and must be the sole work of the person entering. Any technique may be used on your entry. 

Judging will take place at our annual membership picnic held on June 9, 2018. If you are unable to attend, you can designate another member to bring your entry to be judged. Judging will be done by all members and their guests attending the picnic. 

The winner of the 2018 Gourd Crafting contest will receive a paid Idaho Gourd Society membership for 2019. Duplicate awards will be awarded in the clear case of a tie. "

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Woodcraft Meeting
10:00 AM10:00

Woodcraft Meeting

Our monthly Woodcraft meeting begins with social Time from 10 to 10:30 followed by Wheel of Goodies, announcements and show & tell.  There will be a discussion & demonstration (free) by an experienced Woodcraft employee who will show and tell products, tools, etc. that are useful to 'gourders'.

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10:00 AM10:00

Woodcraft Meeting

Semi-Annual General Membership Meeting

Social Time from 10 to 10:30 followed by Wheel of Goodies, announcements and show & tell.  There will be a demonstration (cost is $2) after the meeting by new member, Diane Laputz on sculpting with clay.

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IAW Show
to Mar 18

IAW Show

The Idaho Artistry in Wood (and gourds) is celebrating its 10th anniversary with this show and it is also hosted by IDGS this year.  Admission: $4 (over 12).  Location: 5th floor of JUMP, 1000 W. Myrtle St., Boise.  Shows hours: Saturday 9 AM - 5 PM, Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM. 

Click here for parking information.

The IAW Prospectus and the IAW Banquet Reservation form is on the download page. The banquet is Saturday evening on the 6th floor. 

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Woodcraft Meeting
10:00 AM10:00

Woodcraft Meeting

Social Time from 10 to 10:30 followed by announcements, Wheel of Goodies, show & tell and class by Barb Gamel making Dream Catchers (see below).

IMPORTANT  Pre-register your gourds before the 10th with Patricia McRae.  Then, bring your gourds today to have them delivered to JUMP for you. This is a courtesy to our members--thank you Marlies, Patricia, Donna.  Please carefully pack your gourds into a lidded box or container with your name written in a visible place. 

Pre-register at $3 per entry for members.  Download the IAW prospectus (last page is the entry form). You can pay cash or check (payable to Idaho Artistry in Wood).  Any questions contact Marlies Schmitt or Patricia McRae.

REMINDER: Submit your idea for the 2018 festival theme to Gladys at by MARCH 31. 

Dream Catcher class
Bring cleaned finished gourd with holes drilled 1/2 inch from edge. You need an even number of holes. At starting point you want a 2nd hole very close to the first one, top bottom don't matter.  Bring a needle big enough to go through the hole with thread.  I will furnish thread, white, red,brown, dark green, black, rust, sinew. Beads, feathers and a few other adornments that can be used if you like.

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